I remember in my childhood many elders advised me to avoid seeing owls.
That bird is considered inauspicious by many in the Hindu community. The most common reason cited for owls being inauspicious is that they have been associated with bad luck and death, and hence avoid them.
Contrary to this belief, an owl is generally depicted as the Vahana (mount) of Goddess Lakshmi who in Hinduism is considered the deity of wealth and prosperity.
So, confusingly, from one point of view seeing an owl is inauspicious, but in many images and idols, an owl is shown with Goddess Lakshmi, thus making this "inauspicious" bird visible to followers of Goddess Lakshmi.
Do any Hindu scriptures associate owls with bad luck and death? If not then what could be the reason for owls being believed to be inauspicious?